1960s Hardy Amies Printed Silk Organza Dress & Matching Ruffled Cape
The Hardy Amies label launched in 1946. In the beginning he only produced couture. it was not until 1950 that he added a more ready-to-wear label, but even that was made to extremely high standards. In 1951 Amies was chosen to design some of the wardrobe for Princess Elizabeth’s tour of Canada. That led to Amies appointment as the Royal Dressmaker in 1955 after Elizabeth became the Queen. Hardy was known for his fine, elegant lines and very high quality fabric choices. A signature touch of Amies is a slightly dropped waistline as he thought it was more flattering and elegant and added length to the torso.
This beautiful full length maxi dress is made of a silk organza that holds color exceptionally well and it is very light but still has a touch of structure to it. It is the perfect fabric choice to create volume without bulk or heaviness. The blue is a lovely and unusual shade, and in person it is even better then how it photoed here. Screened onto this is an pretty print done in rusts and taupe shades. The dress is cut with simple lines. The simple bodice has tiny straps that curve up and around each shoulder. The waist nips in with a seam and under that the skirt billows out with light and airy fullness. The skirt is made of yards and yards of silk that drapes perfectly into place as it flows to the ground. The top layer floats over an inner lining and all the volume you see is created by the way it is set into the waist, the fabric choice and the sheer yardage used to construct it. There is no additional crinolines used on the photos. I love the matching cape that simply ties into place at the neck and floats over the shoulders. It is cut to end just about the waist seam at the back and sits just slightly shorter then that at the front. The edge is finished with a full six inch ruffle that perfectly picks up the skirt's shape and volume. Excellent condition with one note to review below
The dress is fully lined in a blue silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. There is a light spot that follows the front seam of the skirt - it really gets lost in the pattern and when on is not noticeable - you do see it when its flat and look for it. Please review the photo after the label shot. The cape ties at the neck and is unlined.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: " flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist to hem
Cape: 18" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.